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nomadnorrie From Sydney to the formula 1 grand prix in Shanghai, Beijing, South Korea, Mongolia, Russia, Ukraine and Europe. Final destination by train is London. Hopping on a flight to Finland, then on to Japan and finally back to Sydney.


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Pingyao, Xian, Wuhan, Yichang, Wushan and ChongQing

Wednesday, 30 Jan 2008 | Views [6328]

Finally I have found some time to sit down, have a breather and write something. Traveling by plane, train and boat, I went south from Beijing, then east and back west plotting an angular S on the map. My mad-looking route basically ensured that I ... Read more >

Tags: Sightseeing

Gallery: Pingyao, Xian, Wuhan, Yichang, Wushan and ChongQing

Saturday, 19 Jan 2008 | Photo Gallery

Ancient walled cities, the three gorges and an ancient town called Ciqikou
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Ice cold in Harbin & chilly in Shenyang

Saturday, 12 Jan 2008 | Views [5591]

Shenyang I went to Shenyang principally to visit a museum called 18 September. In 1931 the Japanese occupied Shenyang from the north, the museum is supposed to be a very good place to see how the Japanese army treated the locals. I hopped off the ... Read more >

Tags: Sightseeing

Gallery: Harbin and Shenyang

Thursday, 10 Jan 2008 | Photo Gallery

A five day trip to the coldest part of China (in Winter)
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Thursday, 3 Jan 2008 | Views [2183]

Trying to organise a place to stay in ShanHaiGuan before buying the train ticket caused a lot of confusion at my hotel. The day before leaving I wanted to book accommodation, that day the only English speaking staff member was not working. Trying to ... Read more >

Tags: Sightseeing

Gallery: ShanHaiGuan

Wednesday, 2 Jan 2008 | Photo Gallery

Where the Great Wall meets the sea
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Run up to xmas

Monday, 24 Dec 2007 | Views [790]

I was invited out to dinner a few days before xmas with a South Korean guy called Joseph. That was after I spent an evening drinking cold beer in a cold hotel lobby with him and the owner of my hotel. It was a bit of a triumph for me because we talked ... Read more >

Tags: Food & eating

The summer Palace in Beijing

Sunday, 16 Dec 2007 | Views [6490]

I've not been doing much lately apart from going to Mandarin classes and watching classic Zhang Yimou (director of Hero) films at night. Today the weather was clear so I decided do something outside, although the sun was shining it made very little ... Read more >

Tags: Sightseeing

Gallery: Beijing Summer Palace

Saturday, 15 Dec 2007 | Photo Gallery

Pictures from my trip to the summer palace. No pictures of me in this batch, they all came out too badly.
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The Great Wall of China - 15km hike to Mutianyu

Saturday, 10 Nov 2007 | Views [2083] | Comments [2]

Beijing Hikers Club (2) The Great Wall hike was very good indeed, tiring but excellent. From 15km west of Mutianyu to Mutianyu was a hard walk and two thirds of it were over sections that have not been reconstructed. I had an English guy, Steve, ... Read more >

Tags: Adventures

Beijing pollution

Saturday, 10 Nov 2007 | Views [554]

Beijing city pollution, is it really as bad as everyone says? Well, for the first week that I was here I was wandering around looking up at the clear blue sky thinking perhaps not. We had several days where the weather was just fine, better even ... Read more >

Tags: The Great Outdoors

Gallery: Beijing Pollution

Saturday, 10 Nov 2007 | Photo Gallery

Photos taken from my language school window (each picture comment tells you whether there was fog forecast for the day it was taken).
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Beijing Opera

Thursday, 8 Nov 2007 | Views [504]

I went to the Opera last Sunday night. I was still feeling really ill but I'd paid for my ticket so I decided to go anyway. There were so few people in the audience that I felt embarrassed for the performers. I don't think they did a bad job, one ... Read more >

Tags: Culture

Vegetarian buffet

Sunday, 4 Nov 2007 | Views [1984]

I've started to get a little more adventurous when ordering meals in restaurants, I've been eating a bit too much Beef noodle soup. Ordering Beef is easy because it is very common, almost every restaurant serves it. Some restaurants are run by Muslims ... Read more >

Tags: Food & eating

Getting a cold

Saturday, 3 Nov 2007 | Views [792]

I felt ill last Saturday morning, I dragged myself out of bed, then went to a chemist to see if there was something I could get for it. I hadn't learnt how to talk about illness at school (and probably will not) so I looked in my Mandarin survival ... Read more >

Tags: Doctors, hospitals & health

My darling Penny Ping

Monday, 29 Oct 2007 | Views [1089]

"Oh my darling Penny Ping, I shall love you forever, for you taught my heart to sing." No I didn't make that up. I heard that tonight shortly after I had sat down to have dinner in a local restaurant. I'd ordered vegetable and rice soup ... Read more >

Tags: Food & eating

Gallery: Beijing Hiking

Sunday, 28 Oct 2007 | Photo Gallery

Hikes around Beijing
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Beijing Hikers Club (1)

Sunday, 28 Oct 2007 | Views [914]

Mountain Goat's Trail to the Yunmeng Gorge I have just got back after spending the day with the the Beijing Hikers club. We went to the Yunmen Gorge just north east of Beijing where the air is cold and very very fresh. Before this week the pollution ... Read more >

Tags: The Great Outdoors

Street food stalls

Thursday, 25 Oct 2007 | Views [450]

This is just a quick post to let you know that I have added a photo gallery with recent pictures of street food that I've eaten. Each photo has a comment to let you know what is in the picture and some tell you what I ate. BTW. I have just found out ... Read more >

Tags: Food & eating

Gallery: Street food stalls and restaurants

Thursday, 25 Oct 2007 | Photo Gallery

Pictures of food stalls that I come accross. I only take photos of places where I try the food so there is always something in the picture that I have eaten. I've added some pictures of restaurant meals too.
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